The Houston Cougars will head on the road to clash with the South Carolina Gamecocks in an inter-conference tilt Sunday afternoon from the Colonial Life Arena. The Cougars registered a 68-60 win against Texas State on Wednesday, and the Gamecocks recorded an 84-80 road win over UMass in their latest tilt.
Cougars Aiming for Third Straight Victory
The Houston Cougars will be aiming for their third straight win in this one. The Cougars have had a light schedule this season. Their two losses occurred against BYU and #11 Oregon and they are coming off a 68-60 home win against Texas State on Wednesday.
Watch for Quentin Grimes as he is playing well, recording over 20 points twice this season which included 21 points in Wednesday’s victory. The sophomore guard features a solid 47.9% clip from the field and he has compiled an average of 16.8 PPG and 4.3 RPG. Fabian White Jr. has posted double-digits in points in five of six games on the season. The junior forward has great numbers, logging 12.5 points on 52.5% shooting accompanied with seven rebounds. Nate Hinton is another strong rebounder and he has registered two double-doubles on the season. The sophomore guard scored 24 points in a recent win against Houston Baptist, and he is third in team scoring with 11.2 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
The Cougars are ranked 36th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and stand 1-1 on the road this season. Houston features a very potent offense, and they scoring an average of 83 points, good for 17th in the country. They are conceding an average of 71.3 points, positioning them 242nd in DI.
South Carolina Defeats UMass in Second Straight Win
The South Carolina Gamecocks are also seeking their third straight victory in this one. They have countered a two-game slide with wins against George Washington, followed by an 84-80 road win over UMass on Wednesday in a tilt that had the South Carolina favored by 1.5 points. Overall the Gamecocks are having an inconsistent season and they were charged with an upset loss to Boston University last month.
A.J. Lawson is red-hot, reaching at least 20 points in two out of his last three games. The sophomore guard has now eclipsed 20 points four times this season, and he has compiled an average of 16.6 points on 45.7% shooting. Jermaine Couisnard collected 16 points on a 7 for 11 mark from the field in Wednesday’s victory. The freshman guard has tallied a combined 28 points in his last two games and he owns an average of 10.1 PPG. Maik Kotsar is having a stellar season, sporting 9.8 PPG and 6.4 RPG. The 6-foot-11 senior forward has connected on 51.9% of his field goals.
South Carolina is currently placed 102nd overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and own a 5-1 record on their home court. They are averaging 72.7 points on the season, ranking them 167th in the country. The Gamecocks are a defensive-minded team that is limiting opponents to 65.6 points, positioning them 121st overall.
The Houston Cougars are:
- 6-1 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games.
- 14-5-1 ATS in their last 20 games following an ATS loss.
- 13-5 ATS in their last 18 road games.
The top supporting trends found on covers.com are: The South Carolina Gamecocks are:
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.